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WV officials want slow gas line restart

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Local officials are asking regulators to go slow when it comes to restarting the natural gas pipeline that exploded in West Virginia earlier this month.

Last week the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said the company could plan to restart the 26.2-mile segment of pipe after taking a number of steps including repairs and inspections.

The state Public Service Commission also gave the gas company a long list of demands that must be met before the pipe is restarted.

But Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper and Deputy Emergency Services Director C.W. Sigman say safety has to be the No. 1 priority.

Both tell media outlets they'd like to see the entire pipeline dug up and inspected, instead of just a portion of it.

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